19 days and counting down until this year’s Kokomo-Con. I know what you’re thinking: Kokomo-Con? What’s that? I’ve never heard of Kokomo-Con. Well, unless you live near Central Indiana, you probably have not heard of this slowly growing nerd convention. It’s like Gen-Con but smaller . . . a lot smaller. In the upcoming years, I’m hoping to see it grow. I see promise in this event.
Last year, I attended with my nephew just to check it out as a potential marketing venue for my upcoming novel. What I found were a lot of booths with guys trying to sell vintage Star Wars collectables and Walking Dead memorabilia. Among them, dotted here and there, were some authors and artists, as well. Those were my favorite booths, as I got a chance to meet these artists face-to-face and inquire on their careers. It was unclear whether or not they viewed this event as a worthwhile marketing venue, but it was clear they enjoyed the convention.
More so, I enjoyed the costumes. There were so many cool costumes, and everyone was so eager to have their picture taken (with a hot blonde mind you. Haha!) I had so much taking pictures with all of the cosplayers and introducing my nephew to my nerdum . . . I don’t know if he’s been changed for the better . . . but hopefully his life’s dream of becoming a Storm Trooper can be one day be fulfilled.
Anyway, this year the event promises to be better than last year with special guests Denny O’Neil, Rafael Nieves, Dan Dougherty, Matt Hansel, and Dave Aikins, to name a few. Solution Squad, Unshaven Comics, Highwind Steamworks and other companies/groups will also be present for the event. I’m looking forward to visiting their booths and seeing all of the great costumes. Speaking of costumes . . .
My sister and I are dressing up this year as Tauriel and Thranuil from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. For squees, my nephew is going as child Legolas. My friend, Sarah, will be joining us, even though her costume will be Star Trek themed (traitor). In preparation for the event, my sister and I have ordered hand-made elf ears, custom-made costumes, and wigs. My sister is even making her own crown out of wire, hot glue, and fake leaves. So far, it’s looking pretty good.
With everything going wrong in my life right now, this is something I’m really looking forward to, so I hope it’s not a bust. With my family and friends going with me, I’m sure it won’t be . . . even if all of the costume parts don’t come in on time. (I’m sure we can wing it).
For those of you who are looking for an interesting event to attend or your first comic-con experience, consider the Kokomo-Con. It won’t disappoint, and maybe I’ll see you there!